May 25, 2015

Jee Leong Koh


wind, unpin
the dead butterflies
from the tree




the rain changes
to snow then to rain
the bus is here




spring wind
I can go left
or right

from Rattle #47, Spring 2015
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Jee Leong Koh: “I started writing zuihitsu first and published a collection titled The Pillow Book, after Sei Shōnagon. Writing zuihitsu gave me the freedom to append a haiku or a tanka to a passage of prose. I loved the movement from the discursiveness of prose to the distillation of poetry. Then I discovered that one can obtain that relaxed concentration in a haiku alone.” (website)

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